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UF faculty committee says Ladapo's hiring had 'irregularities'

Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Florida's surgeon general, appears with Gov. Ron DeSantis in November 2021.
Chris O'Meara
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Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Florida's surgeon general, appears with Gov. Ron DeSantis in November 2021.

The way Dr. Joseph Ladapo was hired appeared to violate the spirit of UF hiring regulations and procedures, a report released by the committee said.

A faculty committee charged with looking into how the University of Florida hired Joseph Ladapo says there were “numerous irregularities” in the hiring of the Harvard-trained physician and researcher that concerned committee members.

According to a report from the committee released Wednesday, the way Ladapo was hired appeared to violate the spirit of UF hiring regulations and procedures, especially in the role faculty play in evaluating the qualifications of their peers.

The report says administrators accelerated Ladapo’s start date to accommodate Gov. Ron DeSantis’ announcement that the physician would become the state’s next surgeon general.

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